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Call for Papers

Theme: (Counter)influences
Type: 6th Annual Conference
Institution: European Network of Japanese Philosophy (ENOJP)
  Faculty of Humanities, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)
Location: Budapest (Hungary)
Date: 1.–4.9.2020
Deadline: 15.4.2020

The 6th ENOJP conference will be held between 1-4 September, 2020 in
Budapest, Hungary, at the Faculty of Humanities of Eötvös Loránd
University (ELTE). The general theme of the conference will be

General Topic

Through more than one and a half millennia, Japanese thought has been
continuously shaped, widened and diversified by different influences
of religious, philosophical, scientific and ideological formations.
The ability of the Japanese to introduce, creatively fuse and
dynamically modify the most different modes of thought made Japan an
ever-changing melting pot of various teachings. All the traditions,
schools and streams of thought that have entered Japan since the
earliest times until the present day have gone through numerous
transformations, becoming integral parts of Japanese culture. 

From classical Confucian ideas, Buddhist thought and elements of
Daoism, through the teachings of Zhu Xi and Wang Yangming, until the
introduction of “Western” scientific, religious, philosophical and
political thought, an enormous variety of influences reached Japan.
These teachings, sometimes introduced under close state supervision,
sometimes restricted or even banned by the authorities, sometimes
seamlessly spreading through different social strata, caused
continuous internal tensions and reactions, and awakened new
interpretations and applications of already existing ideas and

Of course, it was not only the introduction of external trends that
kept alive continuous internal transformations within the different
streams of Japanese thought. The mutual critique between Buddhist
schools, the encounters between Shinto and Buddhism, the tensions
between different modes of Confucian teachings, the emergence of
kokugaku as a reaction to foreign influences, just like the conflicts
between Western philosophy and the Japanese intellectual tradition –
these are only a few of the more notable examples of the endless
series of encounters taking place within the physical borders of

In this flow of transmissions, centuries of reception, growth,
flourishing, decay and renewal of teachings, we see reflected the
complementarity of the firmness of tradition and the flexibility of
adaptation, both of which have characterised Japanese thought from
the earliest times to modern academic philosophy. The 6th Conference
of the European Network of Japanese Philosophy is dedicated to the
examination of influences and counter-influences in the history of
Japanese thought from its beginnings to contemporary philosophy. The
organisers welcome papers analysing areas including but not limited
to pre-modern philosophical traditions, religious thought, political
ideas, encounters between different theories of arts, martial arts,
science, schools of “foreign” learning (rangaku, eigaku, yōgaku,
futsugaku…), Shinto’s encounters with other traditions, and modern
philosophical schools and thinkers following or opposing Western
ideas. The purpose of the Conference is to explore the depth and
width of (counter)influences that have occurred and are endlessly
occurring in Japanese thought, through the widest possible range of


Applicants are encouraged to send proposals for individual
presentations or group proposals (ideally 3 persons together) to
collaborate on a panel. Papers related to the conference’s central
topic “(Counter)influences” are particularly welcome, but papers on
other aspects related to Japanese thought will also be considered. We
encourage participants to approach the general topic in a creative
way, keeping in mind that giving a presentation on a topic they are
interested in is more important than adjusting the topic of the paper
to the general theme.

Deadline of submission: April 15, 2020
Notification of Peer Review: May 31, 2020
Length of abstract: 250-500 words (日本語: 400–700字)
Keywords: Applicants are requested to add 5–10 keywords to the
Languages of the Conference: English and Japanese

Conference website: